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Chestnut Hill Square Parking Structure, Newton, MA

Chestnut Hill

The Chestnut Hill Square parking structure is a five-story, 167,667 sqft of supported structural space featureing a total-precast concrete structural system and architectural spandrels. “Precast concrete offers the best blend of cost-effectiveness and durability for the New England markets,” explains Mark Aho, principal at McNamara Salvia Inc., the architect/engineer on the project. “For the most part, that is our default material on this type of project.” Working around activity as three other buildings being constructed added challenges, he notes, which precast concrete also helped resolved. “Using precast concrete alleviated site congestion by allowing the components to be cast off-site and delivered for erection when needed.”

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Route 105, #84 Bridge, Brighton, VT

Route 105, #84 Bridge

Precast concrete NEXT beams were used to speed construction on the #84 Bridge on Route 105 in Brighton, Vt., after Hurricane Irene’s rampage in August 2011 caused the existing structure to fail. With no viable detours, the bridge was scheduled to be closed for only 21 days while the new bridge, complete with precast concrete abutments, wing walls and approach slabs, was constructed. The contractor received a bonus for completing the construction three days early.

The one-span Brighton Bridge features four 71-foot-long, 28-inch-deep NEXT beams. All the precast components were manufactured by J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc. of Middlebury, VT.

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Route 125, #23 Bridge, Hancock, VT

Route 125, #23 Bridge

Hurricane Irene wreaked considerable havoc on the East Coast in August 2011, and among its victims were a number of short-span bridges in Vermont. Because several were in isolated areas without viable detours or bypasses, officials chose precast concrete Northeast Extreme Tee (NEXT) girders to speed construction.

“The hurricane caused the bridge to fail, so it was a top priority to be returned to service,” says Kristin Higgins, project manager for the Accelerated Bridge Programs at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “We wanted to create a prefab bridge that could be lifted into place quickly to ensure we minimized disruptions to traffic.” For this project, four 71-foot-long NEXT beams, 28 inches deep, were used for the one-span bridge.All the precast components were manufactured by J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc. of Middlebury, VT. (Link)

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ABC Applications in Segmental Bridge Construction

Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
ABC Center at Florida International University (FIU) presents

Featured Speaker: William R. (Randy) Cox, P.E.,
Manager, American Segmental Bridge Institute

Description: Precast concrete segmental bridges, first built in the late 1940s in Europe and in the early 1970s in the U.S., are a long-standing ABC technology that provides solutions for cost-effective, quickly constructed, and aesthetically pleasing designs for both short span and long span applications. This presentation will discuss the advantages of precast segmental superstructure and substructure construction as it pertains to span-by-span, balanced cantilever, and other methods. A brief introduction to the new PTI/ASBI Specification for Grouted Post-Tensioned Structures will also be included.

To register, please visit for instructions.

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PCI to Present Webinar on Back to the Future: “Relearning Passive Fire Resistant Design”

Presenter: Stephen Skalko, P.E.,
Principal, Stephen V. Skalko, P.E. & Associates, LLCP
August 29, 2013

Buildings relying solely on code-approved sprinklers leave themselves vulnerable to damage to the water supply and other defects. Precast concrete provides significantly enhanced passive fire protection due to its inherent inorganic composition. Containment by compartmentalizing the design with a precast concrete structural system limits damage and allows occupants more time to evacuate the premises.

PCI recently published its updated fire manual including an International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) report that allows its use as an alternate to code provisions. This presentation will provide an overview of fire safety design using the updated manual. (Link)

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Tentative PCI Webinar 2013 Schedule

October 24 – Artist’s Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete
November 21 – The New Sound of IEQ: Indoor Comfort & Acoustic Design


PCI Announces 2013 Big Beam Contest Winners

National Competition
First Place: Lehigh University (Team 2)
Lehigh, Pa. (Zone 5)

PCI producer: Northeast Prestressed Products LLC: Cressona, PA.
Student Team: Nicola S. Carey, Mustafa O. Furkan, and
Kourosh Mahvashmohammadi
Award: $2000

2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference Registration

PCI Convention

Discover High Performance at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference

September 21-24,
Grapevine, Texas

In 2013, the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference is going High Performance. The concepts behind High Performance do not just apply to precast and structures, they apply to companies and individuals as well. Today, more than ever companies must be versatile, efficient, and resilient in order to thrive and get ahead. Join us in Grapevine, Texas, and take your company to the next level. The event offers a number of ways to expand your knowledge, learn about new products and technologies, and develop vital relationships. It is the premier, must-attend annual event for the precast concrete structures industry. Being involved in your industry organization can help you discover the high performance potential of yourself, your employees, and your organization!

Note: Hotel Reservation Cutoff Date is August 19th

Visit for more information and to register. The early bird registration deadline is August 16.

We look forward to seeing you in Grapevine!

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High Performance Architectural Precast Wall Systems

High Performance Architectural Precast Concrete wall systems have gained incredible recognition from sustainability practitioners who herald its durability, energy efficiency, mold/mildew resistance, use of recycled materials, construction waste, and improved construction IAQ. Due to this recognition, these wall systems are being specified in K-12 school construction, condominiums, hospitals, university dormitories, science buildings, office complexes, and many other LEED-certified projects throughout the U.S. Topics that are covered in this workshop include: appearance options; sandwich-wall design; thermal performance; material R-values and assembly R-values; moisture management; and LEED credits to which precast concrete can contribute.

Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU | PDH: 1.0

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PCI Announces New Blast Design Manual

PCI’s Blast-Resistant Design Manual, First Edition (MNL 141-12) is now available as an ePub at This manual describes the basic process of blast-resistant structural design for precast/prestressed concrete components. It includes calculating blast loads on the component, determining the dynamic response of the component, checking the response against specified performance criteria, designing the component connections, and checking the component for adequate shear capacity. The emphasis in this manual is on blast loads from exterior explosions and the dynamic analysis of blast-loaded structural components idealized as equivalent single degree of freedom systems. These assumptions simplify the blast-resistant design procedure discussed in this manual, but they apply to many cases of practical interest for anti-terrorism and force protection design. For more details and purchasing information, visit

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Curved Precast Concrete Bridges State-of-the-Art Report

This publication details the application of curved precast concrete bridge design, fabrication, construction techniques, and considerations through the study of twelve related projects and constitutes a state of the art report on this topic. The document was written and intended to provide bridge owners, designers, fabricators and engineers an up-to-date reference in developing precast concrete bridge solutions for curved geometric situations. The topics include: Straight Girders chorded from Pier to Pier, Straight Girders Segments with Splices within the Spans, and Curved Precast Girders.  Each case study reviews project specific information, the structural system selected, construction techniques used and the lessons learned. For more details and purchasing information, visit

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Updated Fire Publication Now Available on PCI's e-Publication Site

PCI/ICC's Design for Fire Resistance of Precast Prestressed Concrete, Third Edition (MNL 124-11) is available as an electronic publication at

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Seismic Design of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Structures, Second Issue

This new manual assists in the design of precast concrete structures using the seismic design provisions of the 2006 edition of the International Building Code. These provisions are discussed in detail and illustrated with examples of typical building and parking structures located in regions of low-, moderate-, and high-seismic hazard.

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Ascent Magazine

Subscribe to PCI's Ascent Magazine (It's FREE!) or if you prefer read it online.

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PCI eLearning

Parking PCI is proud to offer the first education management system dedicated to the precast concrete and precast structures industries, the PCI elearning Center. All courses offered through this system satisfy the continuing education requirements of engineers in all 50 states! As an AIA provider, PCI is able to offer architects approved Learning Units to satisfy their continuing education requirements. Be sure to bookmark us and visit often as we populate this interface with more and more free, easy-to-access, always-available coursework.

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